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McDonnell DouglasReusable Launch Vehicle

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Title #1, Chapters: 1 2 3 4 .
Narrated by Apollo 12 astronaut and DC-X flight manager Pete Conrad, this is an introduction to the Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X) reusable launch vehicle test project. It was initiated by the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) and built by McDonnell Douglas corporation. This is a test article for a fully Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) to send people and payloads to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The DC-X was part of SDIO's Single Stage To Orbit (SSTO) program. The goal is to make space travel affordable in our lifetime. There is also mention of NASA's X-33 test program.

"Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Program" video is a promotional piece developed with the help of the Space Frontier Foundation, a non-profit group devoted to promoting a private space industry and eventually settlements beyond Earth orbit. It describes how McDonnell Douglas applied concepts from its commercial aviation division to rocketry logistics: low cost, reusability, flexibility, and multiple markets. 

After 6:19, another video starts showing several of the DC-X launches, and a different narrator describes the result of each flight. It shows flights 1 through 8, from 1993 to 1995. The narrator mentions the hand-off of the DC-X project to NASA, which calls it the DC-XA Clipper Graham.


This movie is part of the collection: Ephemeral VHS

Producer: McDonnell Douglas
Production Company: McDonnell Douglas
Sponsor: Internet Archive
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Language: English
Keywords: vhs; DCX; DC-X; Delta Clipper; Delta Clipper Experimental; DC-XA; rocket; rocketship; spaceship; rocket ship; McDonnell Douglas; aerospace; space; experiment; SDIO; Strategic Defense Initiative Organization; Pete Conrad; astronaut; NASA; commercial space; private space; space travel; The Future is Now; Rick Tumlinson; Morningstar Media; Space Frontier Foundation; Single Stage to Orbit; SSTO; Reusable Launch Vehicle; RLV; Single Stage Rocket Technology; SSRT; military; commercial; cheap access to space; CATS; US Air Force; USAF; USA; Low Earth Orbit; LEO; Vertical Take Off and Landing; VTOL; Pete Conrad; August 1993- July1995


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